When and Where: April 13, 2019 – New Haven, Conn. (Jess Dow Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 20, Southern Connecticut State University 13
Records: SNHU 5-8 (2-7 NE10), SCSU 2-13 (1-10 NE10)
Seniors Kristin Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) and Alexis Felt (Manchester, N.H.) led the way with six points to send the Southern New Hampshire University women's lacrosse team to a 20-13 victory over Southern Connecticut State University on Saturday at Jess Dow Field.
- Wilder and Felt both scored five goals and recorded an assist.
- Freshman Kelsey Long (Woburn, Mass.) struck for three goals and dished a helper.
- Classmate Erin Gorton (Kennebunk, Maine) also posted four points with two goals and two assists.
- Junior Merry Harrington (Peabody, Mass.) found the back of the net three times.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After sophomore Dani Tompkins (Derry, N.H.) opened the scoring with a free-position goal less than three minutes in, Southern Connecticut buried five straight to take a four-goal lead with 21:34 remaining in the opening half.
- Gorton set up Harrington 16 seconds later to stop the bleeding and then scored a goal of her own, before Felt found the back of the net off a Long feed to pull the Penmen within 5-4 at the 14:49 mark.
- SNHU trailed by two when Wilder and Harrington struck to knot the score at 6-all with 4:14 on the clock. Felt would make it 7-7 at 2:28, with Wilder tying the score, 8-8, with 39 seconds left, before Samantha Cozzolino potted her fifth of the half with one second to go to send Southern Connecticut to the break with a 9-8 edge.
- After the Owls scored two of the first three in the second stanza to nudge their lead to 11-9 less than four minutes in, the Penmen seized control, scoring seven straight to grab hold of the lead at 16-11 with 9:11 remaining. Felt scored three times during the stretch, with Long cashing in twice.
- The Owls finally halted the streak at the 8:30 mark to make it a four-goal game, but SNHU put it away with four straight to grab a 20-12 advantage with 2:43 on the clock. Wilder collected a goal and an assist during the span.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Freshman Hayle Ashford (Atkinson, N.H.) made eight saves for the Penmen, while Southern Connecticut goalkeeper Laura Morton tallied nine stops.
- Southern New Hampshire outshot Southern Connecticut, 39-28, including 23-9 in the second half.
- The Owls held a 17-15 edge in draw controls.
- The Penmen were 4-for-7 on their free-position attempts, while SCSU was just 1-for-7.
- Southern New Hampshire snaps a four-game skid with the win.
- Wilder, SNHU's all-time leading goal and point scorer, extended her career marks to 227 goals and 268 points.
- Felt's six points move her past Lucretia Joy (133), former teammate Casey Duggan (134) and current assistant coach Alexa Allen (135), and into 13th place on the program's all-time points list. She now owns 107 career goals.
- Harrington, who now has 78 career goals, reached the 100-point plateau with her first goal of the day, putting her in 21st all-time.
- Tompkins and senior Jackie Richardson (Tyngsborough, Mass.) each recorded their eighth career goals.
- The Penmen return to action Wednesday, April 17 (3:30 p.m.) when they take on Saint Michael's College.
- The next home game for SNHU is Saturday, April 20 (2 p.m.) when it plays host to Pace University at Penmen Stadium.
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